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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper predicts England win
4:30pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Sport
SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper is convinced England will book themselves a place at the 2014 World Cup finals with victory over Poland tonight.
Cooper, whose father Terry won 20 caps for the Three Lions between 1969 and 1974, is confident Roy Hodgson's side have the ability and mental strength to claim the win they need to guarantee their ticket to next year's event in Brazil.
Much has been made in the national media this week of the match's potential parallels to a qualifier in 1973, when goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski's heroics gave Poland a draw which knocked England out.
But Cooper does not anticipate similar problems this evening, saying: “It’s a great game. I think the big thing for England is that they know if they win they’re through. There’s no grey area. It’s clear and I’ve got no doubt that they’ll win tonight.
“I think Roy Hodgson made a good point in terms of history - it’s good to remind people about the past but when it comes to football I don’t think it matters.
“The players won’t be focusing on 73, they just know they have to win tonight."
Of Andros Townsend, who scored on his England debut in the 4-1 victory over Montenegro on Friday night, Cooper said: “It just shows how the boy has gone out on loan to numerous clubs and it’s about being in the right place at the right time and taking the opportunity."
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